Animal Shelter Support
What Can I Do To Support My Local Animal Shelter?
Are you an animal lover and looking for ways that you can help deal with animal shelter support? We all know the tragic end to many pets that are abused and abandoned and as feeling adults want to stop the suffering of any and all kinds of animals. So what can you do to be proactive on the behalf of animals?
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has six great tips as to how you, a responsible member of society, can contribute to animal shelter support.
The first tip that HSUS recommends to help animal shelter support is that you should be a responsible pet owner yourself. This involves keeping current identification on your pet at all times, making sure your pet is spayed or neutered, properly confining your pet so it does not run away, caring for your pets needs like food, water and veterinary care and finally giving your pet an abundance of love and attention. In caring for you own pet this way it unburdens the animal shelter support system since it is one less pet that needs to be cared for by a shelter.
The second tip HSUS recommends is to make direct donations to your local animal shelter support programs. It doesn’t need to be in the form of money. It can be in the form of food, old blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, cat litter, pet crates, etc. You can find your local humane society or animal shelter online at the following websites:
Offline you can find your local humane society or animal shelter in the phone book under listings such as “animal shelter”, “humane society”, or “animal control”.
HSUS’s third tip to help animal shelter support is to volunteer your time at your local shelter. Some animal shelter support volunteer programs include bathing and grooming animals, walking dogs or playing with cats. Some activities, although more mundane, are just as important including stuffing envelopes, cleaning out cages, mopping the floors, etc.
Adopting your next pet is a direct animal shelter support method and the fourth tip suggested by HSUS. By adopting a pet from your local animal shelter you unburden the shelter of one more animal to care for and in some instances you are saving a pet that might otherwise be euthanized.
You can help deal with animal shelter support by spreading the word about the services provided at animal shelters and by voting to support legislation that protects animals. HSUS’s fifth tip is especially important since many people are not aware that so many animals have to be euthanized because of the overcrowding that is prevalent in most shelters. In voting to protect animal rights you can help our society evolve to consider the lives of companion pets as having more value than they do at present.
Finally, HSUS’s sixth tip deals with animal shelter support by educating the next generation. Teach your children to care for animals properly. That means you should set the example of how to treat animals with respect, kindness and love and your children’s actions will follow. When animals are respected in all ways the shelters are less burdened with homeless, abandoned and abused animals.